English Learning Resources

English Lesson Level 01 "How I picked a name" Student Worksheet Level 01
English Lesson Level 02 "Origin of Names"Student Worksheet Level 02
English Lesson Level 03 "My Place" Student Worksheet Level 03
English Lesson Level 04 "… by any other name" Student Worksheet Level 04

There are a number of direct and indirect ways in which the topic can link to English curricula.

There is clearly the stimulus to debate and write about aspects of the topic area, stimulating language expression and encouraging a number of language skills. A simple example would be the challenge to find a place name – an invitation to research, to creativity, and to vocabulary!

Research tasks will encourage basic library skills, both textual and electronic, including reading for research and use of indexes.

Direct approaches to the English curriculum would exploit the importance of place in literature – and of literature in place. The former is self-evident: the often dominant role that “place” has both in fiction and non-fiction writing (particularly biographical writing).

Australia is particularly rich in such forms and tasks could encourage both reading and writing about the importance of place – whether real (Sally Morgan’s “My Place”), mythical (which we might term Banjo Patterson’s places – The Overflow) or fictional (“Summer Bay”).

A further access to English derives from places not named IN, but named AFTER literature – particularly literary figures (real or fictional).

Watch or download the video. This video is in Flash format. If you would like a higher quality version of the video on DVD, contact the Permanent Committee on Place Names by email.